Steve Von Till Reveals the Title Track From His Striking New Solo Album, 'A Life Unto Itself,' Upcoming on Neurot Recordings in May

                                             photo credit: Niela Von Till

Today we can proudly reveal the first audible insight into Steve Von Till's striking new solo record, A Life Unto Itself via The Quietus who have unveiled the title track.


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LISTEN TO THE TITLE TRACK 'A LIFE UNTO ITSELF' HERE

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A Life Unto Itself ventures into compelling uncharted territory for its maker. Steve Von Till's weathered, distinctive voice and sparse acoustic guitar provides a foundation, but a much wider variety of sonic textures are presented here. Bold and ambitious arrangements weave vintage synth, sublime strings, percussion, and electric guitars in and out of these unique and expansive songs as Steve Von Till's raspy whisper dives deeply inward and speaks genuinely of visions, memories, and self-reflection in a way that feels both seasoned and exposed.

In creating the album’s myriad textures, Von Till was assisted by viola master Eyvind Kang, pedal steel wizard J. Kardong and percussionist Pat Schowe, all under the supervision of engineer and producer Randall Dunn, with whom he recorded and mixed the album at Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle. Von Till and his fellow travelers take the listener on a pilgrimage through hidden inner worlds, occasionally surfacing for brief sojourns through the American West (“In Your Wings”), Old World Europe (“A Language of Blood”) and more modern points unknown (“Night of the Moon”).

The songs are informed by a worldview that attempts to peer beyond the veil of the physical world and recognise the symbols and messages that often go unnoticed. “When you make a big life decision and then you hear a raven’s call out in the sky, it wasn’t chance—it was an affirmation, it was meant for you, even if that might seem ridiculous in a conventional sense,”Von Till offers by way of example. “When you hear a melody and it takes you back a thousand years to a memory you’re not even sure you were a part of. When folklore and history become ways of how you see the world, it allows things to become more mystical and take on deeper meaning. When you’re walking through ordinary, mundane situations, you have this frame of reference that takes on great personal significance beyond surviving the day-to-day: It’s surviving the day-to-day with meaning.”

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We can also reveal the full track list for the album, and the cover artwork by Aaron Turner...



A Life Unto Itself  TRACK LIST:
1. In Your Wings
2. A Life Unto Itself
3. A Language Of Blood
4. Night Of The Moon
5. Birch Bark Box
6. Chasing Ghosts
7. Known But Not Named


A Life Unto Itself is a musical awakening, if you allow yourself to fully submit to it, abandoning all preconceptions, the rewards can be magnificent. 

A Life Unto Itself will be available May 12th ​in the ​US (11th May UK/EU and 8th May in Germany). 




Scott Kelly with New Project Mirrors for Psychic Warfare: European Tour Staring This Week

Scott Kelly is heading back to Europe to introduce his new project Mirrors for Psychic Warfare.

Mirrors for Psychic Warfare is Scott Kelly (founding member of Neurosis, Corrections House, Shrinebuilder, The Road Home, Blood Caldera, River Of Madness, Tribes Of Neurot, and co-owner of Neurot Recordings) and Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried at Sea, Nachtmystium).

Sanford Parker is a producer, recording engineer and musician from Chicago, IL. Sanford is known from bands like Minsk, Twilight and Nachtmystium and nowadays is part of Corrections House and Buried at Sea. As an engineer he worked for bands like Eyehategod, Woven Hand and Voivod over the last two years - just to name a few.

Scott Kelly about the new project:
Mirrors for Psychic Warfare is an experiment in noise, silence, restraint and aggression in all shapes and forms. The concept will be first performed to a live audience in late February-early March of 2015 on European soil. There will be a 7" record "The Oracles Hex" released by My Proud Mountain to coincide with this tour. I am very much looking forward to the open minds that will allow this in.”

Sanford Parker will also support the show with his solo project Two from the Eye
"Two from the Eye is a visceral blend of heavy rhythms, atmospheric drones and dense psychedelic layers. Debuting live in Europe this spring with an album currently in the works. This music is written with a soul crushing intent.“ 

27.02. NL-Haarlem Patronaat
28.02. GER-Leipzig UT Connewitz
01.03. NL-Arnhem Willemeen
02.03. FR-Nantes Le Ferrailleur
03.03. FR-Blois Chato’Do
04.03. FR-Clermont-Ferrand La Cooperative De Mai
05.03. ES-Madrid Moroder Club
06.03. ES-Barcelona Hangar
07.03. ES-Azkoitia Matadero
08.03. FR-Toulouse House Show
09.03. CH-Geneva La Graviere
10.03. CH-Martigny Sunset Bar

My Proud Mountain will release the first 7" Vinyl & DL "The Oracles Hex" of Mirrors for Psychic Warfare on black & transparent red with black speckles vinyl, which will be available for sale at the above tour dates, and also online through myproudmountain.com/shop.

You can listen to the A side of the 7“ here:
Scott Kelly – MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE
Another great song from Mirrors For Psychic Warfare
is currently streaming at CVLT Nation.



Visit here for more tour details and information. 




Steve Von Till Reveals Details of an Astonishing New Solo Album, 'A Life Unto Itself,' Upcoming on Neurot Recordings in May

The title doesn't quite say it all, but it says some of it: A Life Unto Itself is as much the name of Steve Von Till's fourth solo album as it is the perfect description for the 25-plus years he's spent forging, with his brothers, the incomparable musical force that is Neurosis—not to mention the numerous sonic tapestries he's woven with Tribes Of Neurot and under his alter ego Harvestman. You can hear that rich musical history, and all the life experience that goes with it, on his new solo album A Life Unto Itself – and this album goes deeper still.

Where Steve Von Till's previous solo recordings took on a more traditional approach with a respectful nod toward American and European folk music, A Life Unto Itself expands and ventures into compelling uncharted territory for its maker. Steve Von Till's weathered, distinctive voice and sparse acoustic guitar provides a foundation, but a much wider variety of sonic textures are presented here. Bold and ambitious arrangements weave vintage synth, sublime strings, percussion, and electric guitars in and out of these unique and expansive songs as Steve Von Till's raspy whisper dives deeply inward and speaks genuinely of visions, memories, and self-reflection in a way that feels both seasoned and exposed.

A Life Unto Itself is a powerful and evocative collection of beautiful Celtic balladry, haunting folk songs, dark psychedelia and expansive Americana, transporting one to the very heart and soul of its creator. If you allow yourself to fully submit to it, abandoning all preconceptions, the rewards can be magnificent.

photo credit: Niela Von Till

THE ROAD HOME: Outfit Featuring Scott Kelly, Noah Landis And Munly J Munly Releases Re-Recorded Anthem Via Cvlt Nation

THE ROAD HOME, embodied by Neurosis’ Scott Kelly and Noah Landis as well as Munly J Munly, will begin their West Coast tour this Thursday, January 22nd, which will run through Wednesday, February 4th, in support of the outfit’s recent rebirth, and in conjunction, have released a newly re-recorded track.

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The title track to SCOTT KELLY AND THE ROAD HOME’s 2012 debut LP, The Forgiven Ghost In Me, the project founded as a solo venture for Kelly, has recently been reinterpreted with the full inclusion of both Landis and Munly, as both now find themselves permanent residents of THE ROAD HOME. Reborn, this anthem now sees the light of day through an exclusive premiere via Cvlt Nation, who offers on the revised rendition of the new rendition, “This haunting track really shows the evolution of the project and showcases the formidable musicians behind its creation.”

Revisit “The Forgiven Ghost In Me” in a new light with THE ROAD HOME through Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.


As THE ROAD HOME continues to compile new material for the follow up to The Forgiven Ghost In Me, the new lineup will be performing live regularly, which will begin this week on their new West Coast tour. From Thursday, January 22rd through Wednesday, February 4th, they will play in twelve cities throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Washington, including several record store performances. View the confirmed routing below, and watch for more new tour dates and recording updates for THE ROAD HOME in the weeks ahead.

Forged by Neurosis’ founding vocalist/guitarist, Scott Kelly, Neurosis’ keyboard/effects wizard, Noah Landis, has been a part of the project since the creation of SCOTT KELLY AND THE ROAD HOME’s 2012-released debut album, The Forgiven Ghost In Me, providing baritone guitars and keyboards to the record and on stage. Yet, since his role in the outfit has become much more expansive and significant, in both inception and delivery of the tunes, his place in the lineup has therefore become more permanent. Additionally, renowned singer/songwriter Munly J Munly has joined the group in recent months, helping reshape the band’s sound. An iconic folk/country/gospel multi-instrumentalist who has helped shape the contemporary sound of Denver, Munly is part of several current acts, including his own Munly and the Lee Lewis Harlots, as well as Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Denver Broncos UK and others, with releases on Smooch Records, Alternative Tentacles and more, in addition to being an awarded author, and so on.




Additional tour and release news on THE ROAD HOME will be confirmed and announced in the months ahead.

THE ROAD HOME Winter Tour Dates:
Thu. 1/22 - Oakland, CA - 123 Go Records [ info ]
Fri. 1/23 - Santa Cruz, CA - Metavinyl [ info ]
Sat 1/24 - Fresno, CA - Audie's Olympic [ info ]
Sun 1/25 - L.A., CA - Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society
Tue 1/27 - Huntington Beach, CA - in-store at TKO Records [ info ]
Wed 1/28 - Phoenix, AZ - Yucca Tap Room [ info ]
Thu 1/29 - Las Vegas, NV - Dive Bar
Fri 1/30 - SLC, UT - Heart of Gold Tattoo
Sat 1/31 - Boise, ID - Crazy Heart
Mon 2/2 - Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown [ info ]
Tue 2/3 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon [ info ]
Wed 2/4 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre Front Room [ info ]





THE ROAD HOME: Scott Kelly Solo Venture Takes New Form With Full-Time Members Noah Landis And J Munly; West Coast Tour Dates Begin Next Week

With the addition of new full-time members, the project forged as SCOTT KELLY AND THE ROAD HOME — orchestrated by Neurosis’ founding guitarist/vocalist, Scott Kelly — has since taken a new form as simply, THE ROAD HOME.

Neurosis’ keyboard/effects wizard, Noah Landis, has been a part of the project since the creation of SCOTT KELLY AND THE ROAD HOME’s 2012-released debut album, The Forgiven Ghost In Me, providing baritone guitars and keyboards to the record and on stage. Yet, since his role in the outfit has become much more expansive and significant, in both inception and delivery of the tunes, his place in the lineup has therefore become more permanent. Additionally, renowned singer/songwriter Munly J Munly has joined the group in recent months, helping reshape the band’s sound. An iconic folk/country/gospel multi-instrumentalist who has helped shape the contemporary sound of Denver, Munly is part of several current acts, including his own Munly and the Lee Lewis Harlots, as well as Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Denver Broncos UK and others, with releases on Smooch Records, Alternative Tentacles and more, in addition to being an awarded author, and so on.

Issues Kelly of the current state of THE ROAD HOME“We changed the name because with the addition of Munly and Noah's already prominent role in the process it felt that this had become a band of absolutely equal parts in every way. We will be working on new material throughout the year in preparation for a new record.”
As their next recorded chapter comes together, THE ROAD HOME’s new lineup will be playing live whenever possible, beginning with a newly-confirmed Western US tour which begins next week. From Thursday, January 22rd through Wednesday, February 4th, they will traverse through California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Washington with twelve dates confirmed.




Additional tour and release news on THE ROAD HOME will be confirmed and announced in the months ahead.


THE ROAD HOME Winter Tour Dates:
Thu. 1/22 - Oakland, CA - 123 Go Records [ info ]
Fri. 1/23 - Santa Cruz, CA - Metavinyl [ info ]
Sat 1/24 - Fresno, CA - Audie's Olympic [ info ]
Sun 1/25 - L.A., CA - Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society
Tue 1/27 - Huntington Beach, CA - in-store at TKO Records [ info ]
Wed 1/28 - Phoenix, AZ - Yucca Tap Room [ info ]
Thu 1/29 - Las Vegas, NV - Dive Bar
Fri 1/30 - SLC, UT - Heart of Gold Tattoo
Sat 1/31 - Boise, ID - Crazy Heart
Mon 2/2 - Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown [ info ]
Tue 2/3 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon [ info ]
Wed 2/4 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre Front Room [ info ]

Neurot Recordings released SCOTT KELLY AND THE ROAD HOME’s debut outing, The Forgiven Ghost In Me, in August 2012. Dissimilar to his previously-released solo outings, on this recording Kelly sought out additional musicians to help bring his written vision to fruition, recruiting the talents of Greg Dale and Noah Landis, as well as guest contributions from Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep) and Josh Graham (A Storm Of Light, ex-Neurosis). The Forgiven Ghost In Me, flows with over forty minutes of foreboding Americana showcasing the ever-evolving artist brandishing some of Kelly’s most expressive hymns of pain, reflection and redemption to date.



NEUROSIS Prepares for Trio Of Year-End California Performances

NEUROSIS will perform three live events over the next weeks, set to take place during the final days of 2014 in California. 

Photo by Tim Bugbee
The first of the year-end live run will see NEUROSIS playing at The Observatory in Orange County's Santa Ana on Monday, December 29th. The next two evenings — Tuesday, December 30th and Wednesday the 31st — will see the band back in their native Bay Area lands, with two consecutive shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:

12/29/2014 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City [info]

12/30/2014 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City [info]

12/31/2014 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City [info]

5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD w/ Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Goatsnake, Primordial, more [info]




    

NEUROSIS: Live at Oakland Metro, New Years Eve, 2012-2013
Camera: Kenneth Thomas, Michaela Mastache, Yoli Hodde
Edit: Kenneth Thomas: thescourge.com
Live Sound Recording and Mix: Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City)





Supporting NEUROSIS on all three of the California shows will be an incredibly diverse and destructive lineup, including Portland's morose d-beat hardcore icons, Tragedy, San Diego-based industrial drone man/machine act, Author & Punisher, and San Francisco's sludge/noise rock outfit, Kowloon Walled City. 

Additional NEUROSIS concerts for 2015 are aligning, including the band's return to Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore alongside fellow Neurot acts Ufomammut and Yob, where NEUROSIS plays on Sunday, May 24th with Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Demilich, Goatsnake, Inverloch, Primordial, Winter, Tombs and more.




NEUROSIS Announces Trio Of Year-End California Performances

NEUROSIS has just confirmed three more shows for 2014, set to take place during the final days of the year in California. While the members of NEUROSIS currently reside in numerous areas of the country, the Bay Area will forever remain the land of the band's origin, and to commemorate one of their most active years performing abroad in their nearly three decades in existence, they'll unite for a trio of concerts including two shows back where it all began.

                                                                                                                                   Photo credit: Tim Bugbee
The first of the year-end live run will see NEUROSIS playing at The Observatory in Orange County's Santa Ana on Monday, December 29th. The next two evenings — Tuesday, December 30th and Wednesday the 31st —  will see the band back in their native Bay Area lands, with two consecutive shows at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Supporting NEUROSIS on all three of these headlining shows will be an incredibly diverse and destructive lineup, including Portland's morose d-beat hardcore icons, Tragedy, San Diego-based industrial drone man/machine act, Author & Punisher, and San Francisco's sludge/noise rock outfit, Kowloon Walled City.

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:

11/19-23/2014 Bestia Festival - Mexico City, MX w/ The Ex, Monogatari, more [info]

12/29/2014 The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City [info]

12/30/2014 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City [info]

12/31/2014 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA w/ Tragedy, Author & Punisher, Kowloon Walled City [info]

5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD w/ Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Goatsnake, Primordial, more [info]


The newly-announced trio of performances comes as NEUROSIS continues their massive 2014 live campaign, as the band has just conquered the Housecore Horror Film Fest in Austin, Texas, as well as Southwest Terror Fest III in Tucson, Arizona, and next week will headline the second annual Bestia Festival in Mexico City, Mexico. The five-day gala, set to run from November 19th to the 23rd, will include performances from The Ex, Monogatari, (SIC), Han Bennink, Terrie Ex, Marc Ribot, Ray Anderson, Bob Stewart and others confirmed, in addition to music workshops, film screenings and more will fill the festival grounds. Additional NEUROSIS concerts for 2015 are aligning, including the band's return to Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore alongside fellow Neurot acts Ufomammut and Yob, where NEUROSIS plays on Sunday, May 24th with Amorphis, Anaal Nathrakh, Demilich, Goatsnake, Inverloch, Primordial, Winter, Tombs and more.