Karma To Burn and Year Long Disaster
"This ain't no movie soundtrack chump. It's real life and these are real songs by real people. Four people to be exact. They hail from some small town in West Virginia. A town they'd rather not have me mention here because of what I'm about to tell you.
Karma To Burn got their start as drug addled teenagers listening to Skynyrd. In an opiated world, fantasies can appear so real. These boys in the hillbilly state wanted to be rock stars. They bought instruments. Built a still in the back yard. Tried to make music and moonshine. The moonshine sucked but the supersonic rumblings sounded good to them. They saw through the blurred vision to a light at the end of the tunnel. After three months, a plan was concocted.
They made a tape but had no singer. Fuck it. Instrumentals it was to be. Heavy as shit and loud as hell. With no singer and subsequently no lyrics, songs were given numbers as their meager titles. They sent the tape out to labels. With tactics Howard Stern would applaud, they called labels impersonating other bands spewing what the world will soon find out about...the madness and mayhem of Karma To Burn.
They played a show in NYC and inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. Large room service bills were rung up. Per diem money disappeared. Things were moving along like a train...like their music. They decided to get a singer. Various people tried out. They returned from the land o' the lost with horror stories. Karma to Burn was Marlon Brando the singers were Martin Sheen. This was a rock and roll version of Apocalypse Now. One fellow who tried out ended up in the looney bin. No one could make the cut.
So they enlisted one of their friends. He can't really sing. His sound is more of a distorted warble. He moans and grunts a lot. Due to his dyslexia, they had to name their songs because he sucked at numbers and kept fucking up. So it was to be that their songs would have titles. Titles like "(Waltz Of The) Playboy Pallbearers", "Appalachian Woman", "Mt. Penetrator", and "Twin Sisters and a Half Bottle of Bourbon". Finally they made it into the studio.
What you have in your hands is the debut record from Dickey, William, Baka, and Nicholas collectively known as Karma To Burn. This ain't no movie soundtrack. It's a record about real life in rural America. It's a record about dreams. It's about sex, drugs, and - you guessed it - rock and roll. The trinity is now complete. Thanks for your time. Now fuck off and die."
was written by Wiebke, former European Press Agent
When the Devil comes to Moscow in The Master and MargaritaÃ,Ã,the once banned, but now classic 1929 novel by Mikhail Bulgakov that loosely inspires Year Long DisasterÃ,Ã,s new album, Black Magic: All Mysteries RevealedÃ,Ã,he asks a question that rock music has always willingly embraced; Ã,Ã,What would your good do if evil did not exist, and what would the earth look like if shadows disappeared from it?Ã,Ã,
Without evil, there is no good. Without shadows, there is no beauty. Without contraries there can be no progression.
Ever since the countercultural movements of the Ã,Ã,60s and Ã,Ã,70s spawned heavy, acid and psychedelic rock, one of rockÃ,Ã,s mythological obligations to culture has been to reclaim the chaotic and mutinous contrary energies that have been otherwise exiled to the fringes of experience through social codification.
These fringes are the setting for Black Magic; All Mysteries Revealed, a landscape peopled by figuresÃ,Ã,whores, despots, lovers, traitors and dreamersÃ,Ã,liberated from the myth that innocence is exalted but haunted by the perpetual threat of spiritual disappointment and emotional disaster that experience has taught them to expect. The innocent may perceive more clearly, but they donÃ,Ã,t know what theyÃ,Ã,re looking for. That is the devilÃ,Ã,s wisdom, his black magic.
The energy generated by these tensions perfectly suits the bandÃ,Ã,s sound, one that is fueled by Daniel DaviesÃ,Ã, howling vocals and blistering guitar that flirts with the limits of control, only to be disciplined back into order by unexpected melodies and the famously tight bass and drums of Rich Mullins and Brad Hargreaves, respectively.
Since their formation in late 2004, Year Long Disaster have channeled the bastardized muddy blues stomps of their forefathers and overlaid them with their own flash and drama. Their 2007 self-titled debut landed them tours with The Cult, Velvet Revolver, and the Foo Fighters, as well as praise from critics and fans alike, including MotÃ,rheadÃ,Ã,s Lemmy Kilmister (with whom they also toured) who told Kerrang! Magazine that Ã,Ã,Year Long Disaster plays rock and roll music like rock and roll should be played.Ã,Ã,
At the close of 2008, with two years of international touring behind them, the band secured Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Rush, Marilyn Manson) to produce their new album. Conceptualized for years and written on tour, Black MagicÃ,Ã,s basic tracks were completed with Raskulinecz in just sixteen days at the famed Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
Black Magic; All Mysteries Revealed was released in the Europe/U.K. on March 8th and in the U.S. on March 9th, 2010.
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