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Since their formation in 2013, Those Darn Gnomes have blurred the lines between noise, metal and free jazz. The group formed initially with the lineup of Mark Steuer (vocals), Christian Molenaar (guitar/flute), Russell Case (bass) and Bryon Wojciechowski (drums), releasing their debut album The Years independently in 2015. The band followed up with their second full-length, The Zodiac, in 2016. While their debut more heavily emphasized the band’s roots in avant-garde metal and hardcore, The Zodiac stripped away any pretense of being a metal band in favor of a new, even more aggressive sound incorporating further elements of free improvisation and harsh noise. The band released a fully improvised single-track EP, Peeling, as a limited cassette in 2017, before playing shows throughout North America with like-minded experimental acts such as Ehnahre, Sult, Hypnagogue, Dischordia and many more.

Calling Whitetails to a Tuned Bow is Those Darn Gnomes’ first release for Nefarious Industries and sees a further expansion and refinement of the band’s sprawling, genre-defying sound. On Calling Whitetails to a Tuned Bow, Those Darn Gnomes explore the outer reaches of progressive metal, free improvisation and avant-garde sound design through the incorporation of algorithmic compositional techniques derived from mold cultivation, homemade instruments and a greater focus on abrasive weirdness.

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THOSE DARN GNOMES: San Diego Free-Jazz/Metal Instigators To Release Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow Via Nefarious Industries; Trailer, Preorders, And Tour Dates Posted – Earsplit Compound

Those Darn Gnomes Live 2019 [photo by Anita Martinez]
[photo by Anita Martinez]

Nefarious Industries presents one of the most mind-melting releases of the year, with Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow, the third full-length from San Diego’s THOSE DARN GNOMES. The collective’s unhinged, unpredictable, and utterly explosive blend of free-jazz, noise, metal, and musical experimentation pushes the boundaries of sanity and safety through every minute of the new release.

See a brief trailer for THOSE DARN GNOMES’ Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow at THIS LOCATION.

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow is THOSE DARN GNOMES’ first release for Nefarious Industries and sees a further expansion and refinement of the band’s sprawling, genre-defying sound. Here, the group explores the outer reaches of progressive metal, free improvisation, and avant-garde sound design through the incorporation of algorithmic compositional techniques derived from mold cultivation, homemade instruments, and a greater focus on abrasive weirdness.

While the lineup of THOSE DARN GNOMES has since shifted, Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow was performed and self-recorded at Apollo’s Crotch by then core members Mark Steuer, Christian Molenaar, Russell Case, and Bryon Wojciechowski, who collectively deliver a crushingly odd blend of instruments. Additionally, a throng of guest musicians provide a barrage of additional instrumentation, coalescing in a demented layering of guitars, bass, drums, percussion, power electronics, brass and woodwind instruments, an array of stringed instruments, keys, and more. The album’s cover collage was created by Robert Khasho, visually depicting the abstract dementia of the album.

With four tracks consuming nearly forty-one minutes, Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow is one of the most intriguing, challenging, genre-defiant, and off-the-chain albums of the year. Fans of Naked City, Ornette Coleman, Fantômas, Zu, Boredoms, Oxbow, Merzbow, Ruins, other boundary-bulldozing extreme music icons, THOSE DARN GNOMES should be the next thing you check out.

Nefarious Industries will release Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow on all digital platforms and eco-wallet CD on June 28th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE. Watch for full audio samples, insight into the bizarre recording tactics employed on the album, and much more to be issued over the weeks ahead.

Those Darn Gnomes - Calling Whitetails to a Tuned Bow

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow Track Listing:
1. Birds
2. Hall
3. A Cliff In Our Garden
4. The Frail Stag (Vanity Sounds The Horn And Ignorance Unleashes The Hounds Overconfidence, Rashness, And Desire)

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow captures the intense, antagonistic, and damaging sound that has become the live THOSE DARN GNOMES experience, particularly with the new lineup comprised of Christian Molenaar (voice, electronics), Noah Souza (saxophone), Jonathan Piper (tuba), Joe Molenaar (bass), Russell Case (tenor guitar), and Nathan Hubbard (drums).

Notorious for going haywire upon unsuspecting audiences live, THOSE DARN GNOMES performs with dizzying regularity throughout their local region, and has already performed several dozen sporadic shows this year. They’ll take the act further out of bounds in support of the new record, having confirmed a hometown release show for Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow on May 31st. The band has also a West Coast tour with labelmates Fuck Your Birthday and several other shows for June. Watch for continual live updates all year.

THOSE DARN GNOMES Live:
5/31/2019 San Diego Content Partners – San Diego, CA * album release show
6/05/2019 Coaxial – Los Angeles, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/06/2019 Weird Hues – San Diego, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/09/2019 Thought//Forms Gallery – Denver, CO w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/13/2019 Twilight – Portland, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday, Mercury Tree, Leafminer
6/14/2019 The Urgus (house show) – Eugene, OR w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/17/2019 Honey Hive Gallery – San Francisco, CA w/ Fuck Your Birthday
6/21/2019 Infinite Noise Outrageous Loud – Los Angeles, CA
6/29/2019 UC San Diego – San Diego, CA

THOSE DARN GNOMES Current Lineup:
Christian Molenaar – vocals, electronics
Noah Souza – saxophone
Jonathan Piper – tuba
Joe Molenaar – bass
Russell Case – tenor guitar
Nathan Hubbard – drums

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow Core Members:
Mark Steuer
Christian Molenaar
Russell Case
Bryon Wojciechowski

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow Additional Musicians:
Lucas Broyles – guitar
Tall Can – melodica
Cindy Elizondo – piano
Ken Fitzgerald – trumpet
Doug Hall – French horn
Willie Marshall – voice
holy! – guitar, voice
Queen Erika Andrews – violin
Mortal Bicycle – banjo, bass, concertina, harmonica
Erin Monaghan – clarinet, trumpet
Noah Souza – guitar
Raphael Tosti – percussion
Katie Walker – viola, voice

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SPACE MONKEY – FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY Split EP To See Release Through Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY & SPACE MONKEY - Blow Out the Candles and Make a Split

Nefarious Industries lifts the veil on a new split 7” from two outer-boundary musical acts, SPACE MONKEY and FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAYBlow Out The Candles And Make A Split will see a 7” vinyl release with one track from each band, while the digital version will feature an additional track from each band.

SPACE MONKEY’s tracks “We Are Space Monkey” and “Billy Billy” were recorded at ACE Station in Guangzhou, China. For FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s “The Plan” and “Go Outside,” the drums were recorded in Keidan’s Living Room in Morgantown, West Virginia, the guitars and bass were recorded in a shed in New Martinsville, West Virginia, and the vocals were recorded in Wenzhou, China. All tracks on Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split were mixed by Christopher Henry and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering.

Offers FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s Christopher Henry of the split, “Our tracks on Blow Out the Candles and Make A Split are a simultaneous foray into poppy song structuring, punk-spirit summoning, and mountainous dynamic landscaping. In ‘The Plan,’ there’s a classic third chorus-key-change, and ‘Go Outside’ has a vocal refrain perfect for singing along on the first listen. Both tunes are packed with plenty of power-chords and punk-beats. But they’re far from one-dimensional. There are valleys that fall to almost a whisper, and peaks that nearly reach wall-of-sound status. In an 80/20 mix of singing to screaming, we complain about the 9-5 grind and about the weak WiFi signal in my old apartment. But we know we’ve got it good, and we’re stoked to be releasing this split with our pals in SPACE MONKEY, so you don’t even need to ask us what we wished for.”

SPACE MONKEY’s Pengdee states, “Youth, to many people, hardly includes more than the time spent nose-diving in textbooks. However, we see youth as the energy source necessary for breaking out of the numbness of adulthood. So, we implore youths everywhere to shirk those chains of conformity, avoid falling into the mentality of the middle-aged man, and run as wild as a space monkey. Pinboard was/is my original band from high school, but then when Junsun and I went to college we started a band to play a simpler slice of punk rock, akin to our favorite bands: The Ramones and The Clash. We decided to title this band SPACE MONKEY after seeing Fight Club, when Tyler calls his gang of henchmen space monkeys. We thought the way they worked off their stress could be compared to the punk rockers moshing in the pit.”

Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split will see release via Nefarious Industries on July 12th; find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

Watch for audio samples and more to be issued in the weeks ahead.

Blow Out The Candles And Make A Split Track Listing:
1. SPACE MONKEY – We Are Space Monkey
2. SPACE MONKEY – Billy Billy (digital only)
3. FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY – The Plan
4. FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY – Go Outside (digital only)

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY will embark on the widespread Tours Truly trek surrounding the release of the split. Leading with several shows in China in late May and early June, the band will cross the Pacific for a West Coast US tour alongside labelmates Those Darn Gnomes which will consume half of June, followed by a week in Mexico in late June. July sees them on the East Coast for a three-week inundation, playing shows with labelmates and allies El Drugstore, Brandon Seabrook, PAK, Dying Whale, Maid Myriad, Nequient, Mine Collapse, and many others through the first week of August. See the currently confirmed dates below and watch for updates in the weeks ahead as the routing is fleshed-out and finalized.

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY Tours Truly 2019:
5/25/2019 WKC – Wenzhou, CN w/ Flower N’ Flames
6/01/2019 Hi Livehouse – Hangzhou, CN @ Rock Fest
6/05/2019 Coaxial – Los Angeles, CA w/ Those Darn Gnomes
6/06/2019 Weird Hues – San Diego, CA w/ Those Darn Gnomes
6/09/2019 Thought//Forms Gallery – Denver, CO w/ Those Darn Gnomes
6/13/2019 Twilight – Portland, OR w/ Those Darn Gnomes, Mercury Tree, Leafminer
6/14/2019 The Urgus (house show) – Eugene, OR w/ Those Darn Gnomes
6/17/2019 Honey Hive – San Francisco, CA w/ Those Darn Gnomes
7/12/2019 Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY w/ El Drugstore, Brandon Seabrook
7/13/2019 TBA – Jersey City, NJ w/ PAK
7/14/2019 TBA – Philadelphia, PA
7/17/2019 TBA – Asheville, NC
7/19/2019 TBA – Valdosta, GA w/ Machinist!, Dying Whale
7/21/2019 Rodeo Rock – Pensacola, FL w/ Surrounder
7/26/2019 The Comet – Cincinnati, OH w/ Old City, The Actual Fuck
7/27/2019 Liars Club – Chicago, IL w/ Nequient, Mine Collapse, Lavisher
7/28/2019 Annabell’s – Akron, OH w/ Maid Myriad, Actual Form
7/31/2019 Empty Glass – Charleston, WV w/ Niota, After Atlas
8/01/2019 Melody’s – Beckley, WV w/ Seven Planets, After Atlas, Xman
8/02/2019 Brewstel – Elkins, WV w/ Swamp Drag, Mediogres, Long Hunt
8/03/2019 123 Pleasant St – Morgantown, WV w/ Clean Dirty Clean, Black Hole Zion, Mediogres
8/04/2019 TBA – Pittsburgh, PA

FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY is an American garage rock/math rock band born in Morgantown, West Virginia, and currently based out of New York City and Wenzhou, China. Formed in 2012, vocalist/guitarist Christopher Henry and drummer Roman Meisenberg have maintained a prolific stream of DIY releases and touring activity, despite their frequent time apart. After a brief stint as a trio with bassist/vocalist Michelle Fincham, who is featured on the January 2014 EP The Cymbal Barks Louder Than YouFUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY forged ahead as a duo, embarking on their Jet-lag Revival Tour followed by the Li EP in October 2014, which was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jeff Klemm of Akron, Ohio’s Maid Myriad. June 2015 saw the release of the Future Teller EP, at which point the band began working on material for a full-length.

Crafted over frequent Megabus treks between New York and Morgantown, FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s debut LP, Touchless Automatic, was released in April 2016. Touring was not possible at this time as Christopher had recently graduated and accepted a job as an ESL teacher in Wenzhou, China. The following year, in April of 2017, Roman traveled to Wenzhou for FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY’s first international tour. Spring Roll 2017 spanned two weeks and eight cities in Southern China. In October 2017, Meisenberg returned to Wenzhou to play more shows and work on new material. A selection of these sessions was released in June 2018 as Maydays, quickly selling out during the Maydays Tour.

The year was 2010; bōsōzoku style ran rampant through the halls of Guangzhou’s Academy Of Fine Arts, and everywhere you looked there were band-boys spiking and dying their hair. Among them were bassist/vocalist, Junsun, and guitarist/vocalist, Pengdee, two rebellious youths that liked to play by their own rules. They graduated and formed SPACE MONKEY. The team was later completed by Banana, whose skillful drumming keeps audiences front to back bouncing around like crazed apes. The band is now a staple act of the punk scene in Guangzhou, China and its members have been running the God Bless Punk music festival for three years strong, featuring bands from all over China. Lead singer and guitarist Pengdee also plays with side project Pinboard.

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FUCK YOUR BIRTHDAY:
Roman Meisenberg – drums
Christopher Henry – guitar, bass, vocals

Space Monkey

SPACE MONKEY:
Junsun – bass, vocals
Pengdee – guitar, vocals
Banana – drums

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THOSE DARN GNOMES: Unhinged San Diego Metal/Free-Jazz Outfit Signs With Nefarious Industries; New Album To See Spring Release + Tour Dates Posted – Earsplit Compound

Those Darn Gnomes

Nefarious Industries has expanded its operations once again, announcing the acquisition and impending disbursement of new auditory demolition from San Diego’s unhinged THOSE DARN GNOMES, preparing their new album for release this spring.

Since their formation in 2013, the bombastic THOSE DARN GNOMES collective has blurred the lines between noise, metal, and free jazz. The group formed initially with the lineup of Mark Steuer (vocals), Christian Molenaar (guitar, flute), Russell Case (bass), and Bryon Wojciechowski (drums), releasing their debut album The Years independently in 2015. The band followed up with their second full-length, The Zodiac, in 2016. While their debut more heavily emphasized the band’s roots in avant-garde metal and hardcore, The Zodiac stripped away any pretense of being a metal band in favor of a new, even more aggressive sound incorporating further elements of free improvisation and harsh noise. The band released a fully improvised single-track EP, Peeling, as a limited cassette in 2017, before playing shows throughout North America with like-minded experimental acts such as Ehnahre, Sult, Hypnagogue, Dischordia, and many more.

Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow is THOSE DARN GNOMES’ first release for Nefarious Industries and sees a further expansion and refinement of the band’s sprawling, genre-defying sound. Here, the group explores the outer reaches of progressive metal, free improvisation, and avant-garde sound design through the incorporation of algorithmic compositional techniques derived from mold cultivation, homemade instruments, and a greater focus on abrasive weirdness.

Watch for the full details on Calling Whitetails To A Tuned Bow to be released shortly with a springtime release date imminent.

Also watch for details on the collaborative album between the band’s Christian Molenaar and labelmate Gridfailure’s architect David Brenner to be issued in the coming days.

THOSE DARN GNOMES, notorious for going haywire upon unsuspecting audiences live with extreme regularity, has a string of shows booked throughout Southern California throughout February. Watch for new tour updates to be continually announced through the year featuring the band’s newly-expanded lineup of Christian Molenaar (voice, electronics), Noah Souza (saxophone) Jonathan Piper (tuba), Joe Molenaar (bass), Russell Case (tenor guitar), and Nathan Hubbard (drums). Witness a small clip of recent live melee HERE.

THOSE DARN GNOMES Live:
2/09/2019 Go Lounge – La Mesa, CA w/ Chocolate Jesus
2/10/2019 Brew Rebellion – San Bernardino, CA w/ Scumbag Fred & Too Dxpe, Supplement, Christian Lovers, Graveyard Junkies, P. Breslau, Pink$yrup
2/13/2019 The Battery Books and Music – Pasadena, CA w/ Martín Escalante Trio, Patrick Shiroishi
2/16/2019 Noise Prom – San Bernardino, CA w/ Gorgonized Dorks, Endometrium Cuntplow, Ustam, Brain Fragment, Squirrel Spam
2/25/2019 Tower Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Gnawed, Pruitt Igoe, FLWRS

“It’s super disorienting, it’s very aggressive, it’s very brittle and noisy… It’s like it’s intended to be as nasty and disgusting as it is… There’s definitely a lot of technical ability to what these guys are doing which definitely shines through…” – The Needle Drop

“I can but applaud the insane and forward-thinking experiment, especially on the aspects of composition and musicianship… The avant-garde jazz/mathcore/chamber music ensemble is astonishing and memorable.” – Can This Even Be Called Music?

“You may remember the arrival of Mr. Bungle’s sophomore album in 1995. It was a bit shocking, this very long, very uncooperative representation of their advance from proggy spaz metal with awesome melodies to antagonistic avant garde. On top of that, Disco Volante is distant and dense, so it took a few listens to make you certain that it is awesome. Here in 2016, Those Darn Gnomes speaks a similar language but way less cryptically. Their new album The Zodiac doesn’t ellude your attention; it is an elephant buttfucking a bus packed with scrap metal. Beautiful. Listen to this at least once.” – MetalSucks

“Those in need of a good mindfuck would do well to feast their ears on The Zodiac. Using noisy and spastic riffs while weaving in distant and creepy jazzy and proggy melodies may be jarring at the start to say the least, but if you give it time, they start to unveil their purpose… Only those looking for the eccentric and off-kilter need apply.” – Dead Rhetoric

“…as beguiling as any dark ambient album yet as compositionally byzantine as any extreme metal record, deftly veering from genius to insanity to sheer ugliness in a way that revered weirdos like Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and UneXpect can only dream.” – Toilet Ov Hell

THOSE DARN GNOMES:
Christian Molenaar – voice, electronics
Noah Souza – saxophone
Jonathan Piper – tuba
Joe Molenaar – bass
Russell Case – tenor guitar
Nathan Hubbard – drums

Those Darn Gnomes Feb 2019

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