Scott Kelly (of Neurosis) and The Road Home, Mike Scheidt (of YOB, Thrill Jockey)
Scott Kelly (of Neurosis) & The Road Home, Mike Scheidt (Thrill Jockey, of the Portland doom metal band YOB).
SCOTT KELLY BIO:
Scott Kelly takes it all in. He doesn't miss much.
If you hang out with him for any amount of time you will observe a man who has been shaped well by time. He has suffered, and for that he loves the things that matter even more. He is a husband, a father, a son, a brother. These things flow through his words, his energy, his blood and sweat, his heavy, tattooed hands. That same tone that seared through his broken old Les Paul carries just as well through whatever instrument he sits down to play. And his voice. That bottomless, dark, familiar sound.
Scott Kelly can reach beyond what most people hear. There is a place that speaks to him, to me, and on and on. We may not understand these strange connections, but we all know there is something there that guides us. This is the way things are. And we are all blessed to be in this small space to feel it.
And then we come to redemption. Forgiveness. The world beyond our world. If you think this is a stretch, then you don't know anything.
Scott Kelly and his new partners The Road Home (Noah Landis and Greg Dale) continue to explore The Great Mystery with "The Forgiven Ghost In Me". With another collection of sparse, introspective songs, Kelly delves even further into a personal, private space that he has now come to occupy fully and solely. Recorded by Landis, "The Forgiven Ghost in Me" is the natural progression from his first solo album, "Spirit Bound Flesh", and 2008ʼs "The Wake".
With his unmistakable deep growl, his fearless lyrical honesty, and rich, spare guitar work, Mr. Kelly lays everything on the line. Only a true artist would be so willingly and completely exposed. So intensely focused on truth, redemption, and healing. So in tune with the song he has always heard inside. His path has been a narrow, dark, and difficult one. But with his most recent work, Scott Kelly shows that his strength and vision has endured it all."
Nate Hall - Spring 2012
Mike Scheidt, the vocalist/guitarist for the excellent Eugene, Ore. doom metal trio YOB, is releasing a quieter solo album on June 12 via Thrill Jockey. Stay Awake, recorded by Tad Doyle in Seattle, mixes acoustic guitars, Eastern philosophies, a Townes Van Zandt-on-Jeremy Enigk sound, and YOB-like structural repetitions into a record that could've come from a 90s grunge hero taking it down a few notches (think "Hunger Strike"). But the feel is more "J Mascis yoga retreat." Scheidt mentions Stay Awake's lyrics are "sympathetic/empathetic to sadness and heartbreak, while exploring transcendental themes in the same breath," something you'll get from "In Your Light." - Pitchfork
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