Dark Meat Carve Some Shit Up


Also touring this fall
with An Albatross.


By Blurt Staff


Athens Georgia’s multifarious psychedelic
roadwarriors DARK MEAT have
geared up for another get-go of pillage-and-freakout in the name of their
newest offering, TRUCE OPIUM, due Oct. 20 from
Emergency Umbrella. A long period of lineup changes, label complications
and heavy touring across North America and Europe has focused the band into a
diamond-hard and transformative experience: they’ve trimmed their lineup to a
highly-effective and barely-anemic 9-piece, and, in the process, have
organically developed an intense and diverse instrumental chemistry. Truly, TRUCE OPIUM retains all the insane
eccentricity, rawness and sonic bombast of their infamous live show, and
evinces a sharpened essence and unified vision burnished by the last three
years spent spraying themselves across the cosmos in their cramped tour-van.


Check out an MP3 sampling:

In terms of heightened vision and sonic-execution, TRUCE OPIUM is a huge step forward for the band — as it
augments their celebrated Albert Ayler,
Stooges and Neil Young
obsessions with more a abstract, cosmic tack: pronounced Eastern influences
abide via the use of acoustic drone instruments like tanpura, bulbul tarang and
sitar, prayer-like group chants and the study and reverent application of
polyharmonic Sygyt and Kargira Tuvan throat-singing. Last year, bandmembers
workshopped, rehearsed and performed at The University of Georgia with a
carnatic classical troupe from South India.
This amazing and humbling opportunity, along with their involvement in several
local improv, free-jazz and noise ensembles have broadened the band’s sonic and
structural scope.

Deep Krautrock and Japanoise bearings also surface; their perpetual tour-van
immersion in the sounds of NEU!, Amon
Duul II, Les Rallizes Denudes, LSD and Boredoms push their willfully improvisational passages into
weirder, wilder territory. And the vaunted Free Jazz and New Orleans Marching
Band influences persist through The
Vomit Lasers, Dark Meat’s longstanding horn-section. However, where the
band once enthusiastically essayed pieces by The Ayler Brothers, Pharaoh Sanders and Sonny Sharrock, the
ensemble has now organically assimilated the music’s feral energies and
rarified colors into its aesthetics of arrangement, dynamic and performance.
Make no mistake, though, TRUCE
at its twisted heart, is a redblooded psych-rock record, as a
lived-in and durable love of Velvet
Underground, Yardbirds, MC5, Fairport Convention and Crazy Horse continually and joyously
warps main songwriter Jim McHugh’s approach to composition and execution. And
the passage of material into the raw hands of his seasoned collaborators dually
insures that the resultant High Magic will be spirited, raw and unlike anything
else you’ve every heard.

* Dark Meat share members
with Of Montreal, Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory
System, Elf Power, Gnarls Barkley, Instruments, Lil Wayne’s Touring Band
(for real!) and Nymph.



Tour Dates:


Th    Oct    22
   Charlottesville    VA    Tea
Sa    Oct    24    Brooklyn
   NY    Union Pool w/ An Albatross
Sa    Oct    24    Brooklyn
   NY    Glasslands    
Su    Oct    25    New York City
   NY    Cake Shop w/ An Albatross
Mo    Oct    26
   Philadelphia    PA    Danger
Danger w/ An Albatross
Tu    Oct    27    Washington
   DC    Black Cat Backstage w/ An Albatross
We    Oct    28
   Baltimore    MD    Talking Head
   w/ An Albatross
Th    Oct    29    Charlotte
   NC    Snug Harbor w/ An Albatross
Fr    Oct    30    Athens
   GA    40 Watt    w/ An Albatross
Sa    Oct    31    Atlanta
   GA    Star Bar    w/ An Albatross
Sun    Nov    1    Ybor
City    FL    Crobar    
Mo    Nov    2    Orlando FL
   Will’s Pub    w/ An Albatross
Fr    Nov    6    Houston
   TX    Free Press Block Party w/ An Albatross
Sa    Nov    7    Monterey
   MX    Monterey Festival    
Su    Nov    8    Austin
   TX    Fun Fun Fun Fest




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